Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Custer Oral DentistryWe are Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar, DDS, of Destination Dentistry in Custer. Our patients often ask us if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams.

Before we answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have established that xylitol prevents the growth of the bacteria that initiates cavities. It also helps alleviate plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For our patients who live with frequent dry mouth, we recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while preserving against tooth decay.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Destination Dentistry, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental issues before they start. If you postpone dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the trouble was caught earlier.

Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 605-593-9821 to book an appointment. Our knowledgeable team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

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Destination Dentistry
Dr. Diana Latinow DDS, MSD
At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
141 N 5th St
Custer, SD 57730
Call: 605-673-2011605-593-9821
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Testimonials
  • Staff and doctor were very friendly and efficient. As good as a visit to the Dentist can get!
    —Ron Y
  • I was so nervous getting a new dentist, after having years of bad experiences. But Diane was patient, kind, and gentle...thank you!
    —Rebecca E
  • I called with a child in pain and needed an appointment fast. What I received was fast. Appreciate the great response and service.
    —Joseph P
  • Very thorough cleaning and gentle. Good experience.
    —Catherine B
  • It is impressive that DD is interested in how their patients feel about the dental care they receive and what DD could do to improve. They have always exceeded my expectations.
    —Tim K
  • Friendly and professional. Top-notch work!
    —Darwin K
  • Thanks for the great cleaning Dr. Diana!
    —Brittnay E
  • I had good dental care when I lived in Aberdeen and was surprised to find that when I moved to Custer, a far smaller town, I would receive the best dental care I ever had. On top of that, the whole DD crew is friendly and outgoing.
    —Tom H
  • I, very much enjoyed my visit to the dentist. The office seemed more tranquil than usual. The hygienist and the dentist demonstrated a high level of courtesy and knowledge while making me feel very comfortable and relaxed.
    —Marilyn W
  • Another great visit, staff is always on time, friendly, and highly competent.
    —Elizabeth C
  • I was pleased with my appointment. Everyone personable and good experience getting my teeth cleaned. Dr. Diana seems kind and caring.
    —Cherry L
  • We have been to many dentist's and this is the first one we don't mind coming back to. Very friendly staff and excellent work! Couldn't be happier and so glad a friend told us about them 😊
    —Bissell F.
  • …I had no discomfort (with the laser). Yes, an awareness of ’something done’, but no pain what so ever! You did a good job Doc. If anyone wants to ask me, I’ll tell them. It’s time for the old Bard Parker blade to be relegated to the history file. Thank you for your skills.
    —Dr. Art L., M.D.
  • Congratulations on your beautiful Hi-tech office-and on your thirty years of working together! Also you need to know I appreciate the picture you sent me of my teeth. They are absolutely the best pictures I have ever taken. Thank you for the good service you provide.
    —Arlene B.

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